Because I don’t knit on circular needles, I sort of developed my own pattern.

I generally use acrylic baby yarn (weight category 3) which makes a nice, stretchy ribbing and leg part. I think I knit a little bit loose. If you want to use heavier yarn, just advance all the needle/hook sizes up by one size.

Use size 5 needles. Cast on 40 sts. (I use the long-tail cast on method.)

R1-16: K1, P1 ribbing

Switch to size 6 needles.

R17-80: stockinette st.

Switch to size 5 needles

R81-96: K1, P1 ribbing

Use size E hook for crochet bind-off.

Use size F hook to close seam, taking special care to close the very first stitch so it doesn’t leave a gap. I use a basic slip stitch, worked loosely. Work in ends.

Tip: I use Clover brand Wonder Clips to hold the edges in place so everything stays matched up along the sewing seam. (Tried another cheaper brand and returned them.)

 

When was it? December 2013, I think. My friend, Heather Bullough, told me about a local crocheting service project I could get involved with. I LOVE to crochet simple items; it’s something I can do with my hands while I watch DVDs or listen to audiobooks (which are other things I LOVE to do).

This is a link to the project. I’ve participated for two years now and my donations have been received with so much enthusiasm I’m a convert for life.

http://www.hebbsters.blogspot.com/2013/05/leg-warmers.html

This is a link to the pattern I used.

http://earning-my-cape.blogspot.com/2012/02/crochet-leg-warmers-child-sized.html

Here are photos of my two donations.

June 2014--I donated 21 pairs of leg warmers.

June 2014–I donated 21 pairs of leg warmers.

June 2015--25 pairs this year. (I got so involved making teddy bears for Little Lambs Foundation that I slacked off on crocheting.)

June 2015–25 pairs this year. (I got so involved making teddy bears for Little Lambs Foundation that I slacked off on crocheting.)

“Teddy bears?” you ask. Let me show you.

A few friendly faces for Northern Utah's foster kids.

A few friendly faces for Northern Utah’s foster kids.

Here’s the link for this adorable bear pattern:

http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2014/04/warren-charity-bear-free-teddy-bear-pattern.html

It’s been a fabulous month. Last night, Kevin Eubanks (Channel Five weather man) said it’s the coolest Utah August in ten years. There’s nothing like cool weather–instead of the usual Utah summer fare. It’s made my month.

A sample of August's cool weather.

A sample of August’s cool weather.

(Wish I had a photo, but I don’t. If I can get one later, I will.) The month started with Kerry frantically getting ready for a week at Camp Maple Dell. Amend that, I was the frantic one. Even though I wasn’t going anywhere, the furor still got to me. It was a relief to finally say goodbye for five days. Well, almost five days. With the help of Pam Zepeda and Matt Misbach AND Heather Bullough’s cupcakes, I planned and participated in a Scout Camp visit on Kerry’s birthday. He seemed so much to appreciate it and he was very happily surprised.

I got a bonus from that visit too–a story idea. This story will take some time and research to write, but I think it will be a really fun one.

I haven’t done much writing, yet I’ve done some. I’ve mostly been planning out stories and still having lots and lots of ideas. I love those crazy wake-up-from-a-dream ideas that turn into stories. Such plans I have!

Some of my work and a book I sometimes use to prompt my writing.

Some of my work and a book I sometimes use to prompt my writing.

I wrote a letter to Angela–Sister Angela Bateman–on her mission. It always makes me feel good to send a letter off to her. Such a simple act, yet so rewarding.

I’ve spent a good deal of time sewing dresses, and learning about it, for an organization called Dress a Girl Around the World. Of all the sewing projects I’ve worked on, this one is my favorite. I can’t say why. I also can’t express the pleasure I’ve felt in providing pretty, new clothing for those who may never have any other than this dress I’ve made.

My first two dresses.

My first two dresses.

My second two dresses.

My second two dresses.

Additionally, I’ve worked on my Angel Outfitters assignment as well as cutting out liners for Days For Girls. I’m planning to hand my cut-out Teeny Tears diapers to a lady who will sew them. I’ve turned scarves and blankets and my Teapot Dome quilt over to a homeless shelter. I was also excited to discover that I have enough leftover teapot fabric and quilt backing fabric to make two more dresses. What fun to come.

Watch out September, I’m on fire!

Teapot Dome quilt

Teapot Dome quilt

Some of the liners I cut out for Days For Girls. I now have callouses on the fronts of my fingers.

Some of the liners I cut out for Days For Girls. I now have callouses on the fronts of my fingers.